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South Carolina exports record $25.3 billion in goods in 2012

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South Carolina exported a record of more than $25 billion in goods in 2012.

Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the State Ports Authority today announced the state's 2012 exports were 2.23 percent higher last year compared to 2011.

The nearly $25.3 billion in goods were sold to 197 countries around the world according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

South Carolina's top 10 export industries in 2012 were vehicles, machinery, rubber products, electrical machinery, plastics, optical and medical equipment, paper and paperboard, organic chemicals, wood pulp and cotton yarn and fabric.

South Carolina ranked first among states in tire exports, holding nearly 30 percent of the share of U.S. made exported tires for the second consecutive year.

The state was second in exports of gas turbines and automobiles to the world.

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